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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

In Canada, a reverse mortgage is a type of loan that is secured against your principal residence. This special Mortgage gives you access to tax-free cash with no mandatory ongoing payments. While you continue to, own and live in your home, and you’ll never be forced to move or sell your property, as long as:

  • you live there for at least six months per year
  • you keep your residence in good order
  • you remain current with your property tax payments
  • you adhere to the loan terms

You may be eligible for a reverse mortgage if:

  • you are 55 years old or over
  • you live in the major urban centres of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, or Alberta
  • your home is your principal residence (you live there for at least six months of a calendar year)
  • all title holders of the residence apply as joint borrowers (in ON, AB, BC)
  • the residence is owner-occupied and not a secondary home or cottage
  • your home is detached, semi-detached, condo, or townhome

You can use a reverse mortgage for things like:

  • paying off debt
  • covering everyday expenses
  • making renovations
  • supporting your family
  • paying for in-home care

Interest is calculated on the outstanding balance of both principal and interest throughout the life of the loan. The outstanding balance will increase accordingly over time.

Your reverse mortgage must be repaid when the last remaining homeowner leaves the home, which generally happens through sale of property where the proceeds are used to pay back the loan.

As long as you meet your mortgage obligations you will never owe more than the fair market value of your property where Fair Market Value is the amount that would be paid on the open market, on the applicable date, to buy the property, assuming there are no legal claims against the property.